Wild Weather Going Wild!

June 8, 2016

AS we enter the seventh day of June, I plan to spend the day working with other volunteers and staff from one of our local natural resource management groups. We will be smoking and heating seed from native plants that will be used to re-vegetate a farm which has been degraded by years of farming. The area to be planted is alongside a creek which leads in to the Stokes Inlet, an estuary within the Stokes Inlet National Park. The location for this exercise is my family's small farm overlooking the Pink Lake, 100km east of where we currently live and work.

As I drive the bitumen road to my destination, I reflect on the wild days enjoyed so far. We have worked in the garden , sinking our fingers in to the dirt, marveling at the life in the soil. We marveled at the daddy long legs spiders in our house, and the speed with which they could create their simple but deadly and effective web traps. We rode our horses in the morning, feeling the fresh air on our faces as a new day began. It is cold! We have walked on deliciously green clover and phalaris pastures, watching kangaroos graze in the low winter light, and we have driven over bridges crossing flowing rivers and noticed cows balanced precariously as the nibble sweet feed on the river banks. We have marveled at the setting sun and the way it has brushed the sugar gums golden as it lazily dwindled in the western sky. We have been having a wild time and savouring as much as we can!

But my attention is grasped by radio reports of wild weather in the eastern states of Australia. As I drive, I hear of flooded valleys and homes washed away. People have drowned, livestock have been lost. At the same time, a Severe Weather Warning is issued for the area we live in. Gale force winds. High tides. Sheep weather alert. The drive home will be a wild one as the storm will hit this afternoon. Quite literally, a wild time lies ahead!

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I live in a part of the world which has beaches regarded as some of the best in the world: we are an hours drive from the magnificent Great Western Woodlands to our north; the rich in biodiversity Fitzgerald biosphere lies to our west; we bathe in the cool waters of the Southern Ocean 20 minutes away to our south, and to the east of us lies the Nullarbor Plain, the vast expanse of limestone based country separating Western Australia from the other states of our vast country. So why did I feel...
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Brain Food

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On my bed side table there is always a pile of books, often half read as my ability to process them has waned considerably with the advent of children. Among them there are always some that have really made me think; made me cross, or motivated me to do something better than we are already doing it.

This week, I cleared off the table three books, two to put back on my own shelves, another destined for the local library. All are worth a look. I also borrowed a fourth, one which has me riveted a...
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Shopping with Conscience---and Confusion

December 8, 2012

Shopping with Conscience

Grocery shopping used to be so easy.

As a student, long before a husband and children, living on part-time work and a meager student allowance it was a case of eat what you could afford to buy: Then it got more complicated. Full-time work meant grocery shopping was slotted into a limited timetable, even though the available expenditure may have improved. A partner meant catering for their needs as well (more meat and beer!); the a...

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